Yellowstone National Park Officials Extend Deadline For Comments On Higher Fees, Allow Online Comments

Yellowstone National Park officials, responding to complaints that they would not accept emailed or online comments concerning their proposal for higher fees, have agreed to take comments online and have extended the comment deadline.

Montana Newspaper Weighs In On Proposed Fee Increase At Yellowstone National Park

With about two weeks left for the public to comment on proposals to increase entrance fees at Yellowstone National Park, a major newspaper in Montana has weighed in on the idea. In an editorial on November 17, the Billings Gazette endorsed the park's proposal, urging readers to "... speak up. Tell the NPS to proceed with the fee increases..."

With Longer Nights, Time To Be Extra Careful When Driving Through National Parks

They're big, hard to see until the last minute, can do substantial damage to your vehicle, and likely will wind up dead if you run into them. With longer nights having arrived across the National Park System, it's time to drive a little more carefully and slowly so you don't run into wildlife.

Saguaro National Park Officials Voice Opposition To Development Proposed Across From Rincon Mountain District

Should there be a development buffer around national parks? That's a tough question, particularly when you look at West Yellowstone's proximity to Yellowstone National Park or Gatlinsburg's presence at the Sugarlands Entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park. At Saguaro National Park, officials say a development proposed for a 45-acre parcel across from the Rincon Mountain District entrance is too close.

Wolf Hunt Under Way At Grand Canyon National Park

The possibility that a gray wolf is roaming the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park has prompted the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to quickly approve an effort to capture the animal and test its DNA to confirm whether it is, or is not, a full-blooded gray wolf, not a Mexican wolf and not a hybrid.

Deadline Looming For Concessions At Grand Canyon National Park's South Rim

Barring a temporary agreement, mass layoffs stand to cripple concessions operations at Grand Canyon National Park on December 31, shuttering hotels and dining rooms, ending mule rides and bus tours, and canceling some memorable New Year's Eve celebrations on the South Rim.

UPDATE: Yellowstone, Grand Teton National Parks Proposing Sweeping Changes In Fees

Yellowstone National Park officials, seeking to cover more of their bills, are proposing sweeping changes in their fees, from higher entrance fees to backcountry user fees. If all the proposals were instituted, it would generate roughly $3 million for the park, which currently spends about $4 million a year in existing fees on projects ranging from campground upgrades to road repairs.

Draft Report On Recognizing National Park Philanthropy Calls For Logo Placements, Naming Opportunities

National parks long have been largely devoid of overt advertising via logos and sponsorships, but that could change as the National Park Service approaches its centennial in 2016.

Talk Of $30 Million Fiber Optic Network At Yellowstone National Park Renews Debate

Should the wired world end at a national park's entrance gates? That's a controversial question, one that has spurred a petition drive against a wired National Park System and which is generating concern over the enduring sanctity of the parks.

To Wire, Or Not To Wire, The National Parks, That Is The Question

Should the National Park Service work to see 4G coverage extended to as much of the National Park System as possible? Public Employees for Environmental Responsibility doesn't believe that should happen, and is behind a petition drive to have that idea spiked before we find visitors experiencing the parks in the palms of their hands, and not by using all their senses.

Essential Park Guide, Winter '14: Your Guide To Exploring The Parks This Winter

When it comes to construction skills, male Anhingas are slackers. Oh, they’re good at pulling together nesting materials, but that’s about it. Instead of turning the sticks, twigs, and leafy greenery they collect into a nest for their mates, they stash the materials in trees and let the females build the actual nest.

UPDATED: National Park Foundation Head Resigns, Yellowstone Superintendent To Take Job Temporarily

Neil Mulholland announced his resignation Friday as president and chief executive officer of the National Park Foundation, a surprise development that comes just as the Foundation is entering a "critical phase" for fund-raising keyed to the National Park Service Centennial in 2016. Replacing him on a temporary basis was Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk.

Conservation Groups Say Gray Wolf Spotted On North Rim Of Grand Canyon National Park

Nearly 20 years after gray wolves were returned to Yellowstone National Park, conservationists believe a "disperser" has found its way to the North Rim of Grand Canyon National Park and is looking to carve out a home range.

Guest Column| Defending The Science That Explains Climate Change

Adam Markham, director of climate impacts for the Union of Concerned Scientists' Climate and Energy Program and a co-author of the report “National Landmarks at Risk," has written the following rebuttal to Dr. Daniel B. Botkin's column on climate change and his thoughts on what is, and isn't, driving it.

Many Yellowstone National Park Roads About To Close For Winter To Wheeled Traffic

With October nearing an end, so are your days for driving your own vehicle into Yellowstone National Park.

Photography In The National Parks: Don't Let The Weather Get You Down

In Yellowstone National Park today the wind was blowing cold air, snow and rain into my face as I stood in Lamar Valley and watched as the “new” Lamar Canyon pack, two adults and six pups, made their first public appearance in their valley. The pack visited an old carcass, ran, played and hunted a 7-point bull elk.

It's Physics: Why Smaller Backpackers Can Carry Heavy Packs

Physics seems to have an answer for just about everything. How else could you explain why smaller backpackers can carry rather large backpacks?

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Honored By NPCA

Yellowstone National Park Superintendent Dan Wenk, who was able to end years of litigation over a winter-use plan for the park, has been honored by the National Parks Conservation Association for his achievements during a nearly four-decade career with the National Park Service.

Study: Yellowstone National Park's Grizzly Bears Can Adapt Diet To Changing Climate

For years, many conservationists have worried what grizzly bears in the greater Yellowstone ecosystem will eat as changing climate and habitat conditions bring fewer whitebark pine nuts, cutthroat trout and other prime food sources. A recent study offers an answer: almost anything else.

Federal Land Managers Agree To Collaborate On National Wilderness Preservation System

A unified approach to managing the country's wilderness areas has been agreed to by the land management agencies under the Interior and Agriculture departments, with goals of connecting more people to wilderness areas and completing wilderness inventories of lands that might be suitable for inclusion in the wilderness system.

Help Out Friends Of Saguaro By Bidding In Their On-Line Auction

Think it'd be nice to spend some time relaxing this winter in Death Valley, or maybe in Sedona, or perhaps in Wyoming right outside Yellowstone National Park? Those destinations could be on your calendar if you're the winning bidder in a fund-raising auction for Friends of Saguaro National Park.

Op-Ed|The National Park Service And Wilderness: 50 Years Of Neglect

After 50 years, you would expect that the U.S. National Park Service (NPS), which administers the largest inventory of wilderness in the world, would have the best wilderness management program in the world. But, you would be very wrong.

Higher Fees Coming To Your Favorite National Parks As Officials Search For Cash

As we told you last month, National Park Service Director Jon Jarvis has given his superintendents the OK to increase entrance and other fees in their parks once they've conducted the requisite public outreach and engagement. While many fees are likely to increase by $5 or $10, there could be more creativity into fee collections aimed at generating more money for the parks.

Reader Participation Day: How Much Extra $$ Do You Send The National Park Service?

After you've purchased your annual parks pass, or paid your week-long entrance fee to your favorite national park, how much more money do you send to the National Park Service?

Groups Sue Over U.S. Fish And Wildlife Service's Refusal To Provide Wolverine With Endangered Species Act Protection

Whether climate change is adversely impacting wolverines, something the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service believes is uncertain, is being challenged by a coalition of conservation groups that is suing the agency to provide Endangered Species Act protection to the small carnivores.
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Is Outsourcing Parks A Key To Solving The National Park Service's Financial Woes?

With a park system that is being strangled by its maintenance backlog and operating costs, would the National Park Service, and the system, be better off if the agency outsourced entire parks?

Xanterra Parks & Resorts Sues National Park Service Over Grand Canyon Contracts

Xanterra Parks & Resorts, which operates lodges and restaurants in some of the most iconic national parks in the system, on Wednesday announced it was suing the National Park Service over its handling of concessions contracts on the South Rim of Grand Canyon National Park.

Third Drone Pilot Pleads Guilty To Flying Craft In Yellowstone National Park

For the third time in the past month, an owner of an unmanned drone has pled guilty to flying it in Yellowstone National Park, this time over crowds in the Midway Geyser Basin and close to bison.

Polling Shows Most Westerners Approve Of Federal Land-Management Agencies, Oppose Giving Lands Over To The States

A public opinion poll of key Western states has produced somewhat contradictory results when it comes to federal lands in those states. While strong numbers voiced positive views of agencies such as the National Park Service and U.S. Forest Service, strong numbers held their state governments in higher esteem than the federal government. Overall, though, a slight majority opposes proposals to turn those federal lands over to the states.

Traveler's View: Fear Mongering On The Public Lands

Confusion, misspoken words, and fear mongering swept the public lands landscape this past week following word that the U.S. Forest Service was planning to squash your right to snap a photo in the woods if you didn't pony up $1,500 for a picture-taking permit. The uproar stemmed from a poorly worded Federal Register notice, and was fanned by media worried about their First Amendment rights and very possibly by federal government critics.